GOP senator pushes special prosecutor for Planned Parenthood
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Sen. James InhofeJames (Jim) Mountain InhofeHouse Democrat optimistic defense bill will block Trump's Germany withdrawal EPA gives Oklahoma authority over many tribal environmental issues GOP lawmakers gloomy, back on defense after debate fiasco MORE (R-Okla.) is pushing for the federal government to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Planned Parenthood.

The Oklahoma Republican has introduced legislation that would require a special prosecutor be named to examine whether the organization broke federal law, including by changing or delaying abortions so that it could collect fetal tissue. He also wants a prosecutor to look into whether the organization has sold fetal tissue for profit.
"We need to do more than just defund Planned Parenthood; it's time they are investigated," Inhofe said in a statement. "It's easy for the organization to make verbal claims they have not participated in illegal activity, but it's time to put their feet to the fire as to whether they broke the law." 
The legislation, which is backed by Republican Sens. Mike Rounds (S.D.), David Perdue (Ga.) and John McCainJohn Sidney McCainSenate is leaning to the Democrats, big time, with a wave Budowsky: Trump's COVID-19 death toll dominates election Democrats seem unlikely to move against Feinstein MORE (Ariz.), would cut off funding to Planned Parenthood to pay for the investigation. 
Inhofe's legislation comes in the wake of a string of controversial videos about Planned Parenthood's fetal tissue program. The videos started a political firestorm, putting the organization back in Republican crosshairs. 
Fifty senators sent a letter to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell last month calling on her department to "fully comply" with the investigations. 
Inhofe's legislation would also allow for investigations into other organizations that fund or provide abortions. 
The Senate is expected to take a procedural vote Monday evening on legislation that would cut off funding for Planned Parenthood and redirect the federal funding to other women's health organizations. That vote is expected to fail to get the 60 needed to move forward.